Children's Lit: Molly Bang Analysis Essay

628 Words May 18th, 2012 3 Pages
Molly Bang Paper When thinking of this assignment, I immediately knew which book I was going to choose. I felt that choosing a favorite book from my childhood could be a fun way to see the differences in how I viewed it then, and how I might view it today. As a child, I was in love with Mercer Mayer’s “Little Critter” books (and still am today). I decided not to go searching for an easy or popular book, rather I wanted to take one I know and love and see if/how Molly Bang’s principles were applied. I chose to compare two pictures in the story “Just a Daydream” by Mercer Mayer. The first picture is of Little Critter on the ground crying after a bully had pushed him down. The second picture was of Little Critter’s daydream of what he …show more content…
Just as the bully is made smaller to seem farther away from us, we can understand when Molly states that “when we are little, we are weaker and can’t defend ourselves as well in a physical fight”. Something I also noticed is the slight lean of the tress which signifies a feeling of tension for the bully (considering he is stranded on top of a tree!). As readers, we now know that Little Critter has more control with his superhero powers. He is placed larger and closer towards the upper half of the page. Molly Bang tells us that placing a character in the upper area of a picture gives him or her, a “stronger tactical position” and shows that he is “feeling happy and has done well”. Because Little Critter is drawn larger and closer to the reader, he seems more “capable of physically overpowering an enemy”. I find it hard to believe that any picture book will look the same to me after reading Molly Bangs elements and principles. Seeing the differences between the two images and the two situations they represent really makes it clear that placement, color, shape, etc., of images can help a reader feel a certain way and grasp the story that the author is trying to tell. Sometimes the pictures of a story can make or break it, but in many instances you can see how Molly Bang’s principles can really positively affect a picture

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